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The '''Compact Cassette''' or '''Musicassette''' ('''MC'''), also commonly called '''cassette tape''', '''audio cassette''', or simply '''tape''' or '''cassette''', is a magnetic tape recording format for Sound recording and reproduction|audio recording and playback released by Philips in 1962. Compact cassettes come in two forms, either already containing content as a pre-recorded cassette, or as a fully recordable "blank" cassette. It was designed originally for dictation machines, but improvements in High fidelity|fidelity led the Compact Cassette to supplant the 8-track tape|Stereo 8-track cartridge and Reel-to-reel audio tape recording|reel-to-reel tape recording in most non-professional applications. Its uses ranged from portable audio to home recording to data storage for early microcomputers. The first cassette player (although mono) designed for use in car dashes was introduced...
LogoFile:Compact Cassette Logo.svg|Compact Cassette logo
TypeMagnetic tape
EncodingAnalog signal
CapacityTypically 30 or 45 minutes of audio per side (C60 and C90 formats respectively), 120 minutes also available{{cite web|title=Museum Of Obsolete Media |date=2015-11-19 |accessdate=2016-04-29 |url=https://www.obsoletemedia.org/compact-cassette/}}
ReadTape head
WriteMagnetic recording head
Standard| owner = Philips
UseAudio and data storage
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